What is the Urban Refugees Debate Forum?

It is an independent forum for practitioners, policy makers, researchers, urban refugees and IDPs and any other person interested in urban displacement matters to debate key issues, share information and  disseminate new ideas.

The idea underpinning this Forum is to establish a long-lasting platform of discussion where consensual ideas will be challenged, misconceptions dislodged and the overall debate on urban displacement moved forward.

In this respect, this forum was designed to facilitate and stimulate the debate on urban displacement issues among key actors. It creates the opportunity to share viewpoints and opinions that would otherwise remain silent, voiceless.

How does this Forum work?

Debates will be launched by Contributors. Once a debate is launched, any individual can leave a comment and thus participate to the debate (as long as it does not breach the Terms of Use of this Forum).

People interested in becoming Contributors can send an email to our team (debate@urban-refugees.org). We commit to get back to you within one week

Who can contribute to this Forum?

This Forum offers an online space for discussion and interaction between practitioners, researchers, urban refugees and IDPs themselves, as well as the public at large. Our intention is to bring together diverse contributors and commentators to ensure a rich and forward looking debate.

Individuals interested in urban displacement issues are welcome to participate to the debates leaving comments. You do not need to be registered to leave comments. However, comments will be moderated prior to their Publication to ensure that they do not breach our Terms of Use. 

Urban refugees and IDPs throughout the world are especially encouraged to participate in these debates and to raise issues of concern. 

What is debated on the Forum?

2 main categories of issues are debated on this Forum:

  • Thematic issues that raise in depth questions related to urban displacement
  • Topical issues that provide an immediate reactions to the latest news

Who are we?

This Debate Forum is operated by the organisation URBAN REFUGEES whose mission is to advance the rights of urban refugees and IDPs worldwide. URBAN REFUGEES was born from the unique collaboration between a refugee protection specialist, Sonia Ben Ali, and a communication expert, David Delvalle. Until now, we have been working on this project independently and we are currently looking for our first fundings. If you like this initiative and wish to support us, please feel free to contact us to discuss any funding opportunity: contact@urban-refugees.org

How to contact us?

You can reach us anytime at debate@urban-refugees.org. We commit to get back to you within one week.


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    refugees have better access to education and livelihood opportunities

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    refugees have access to critical healthcare and safety information

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